Nation mourns Prince Nawaf

Updated 03 October 2015
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Nation mourns Prince Nawaf

JEDDAH: Saudi citizens are mourning the loss of Prince Nawaf bin Abdulaziz and have sent their condolences to the government on social networking sites, with prayers for Allah Almighty to bless his soul.
Prince Nawaf dedicated his life to Islam and the country and served in several top posts including head of intelligence at the rank of minister and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at the royal court.
He received his primary education in the Kingdom, studied Islamic civilization at university, and went for further studies to the United States. He was an expert on the Kingdom’s administration and international politics.
He was chosen by the late King Abdulaziz as commander of the Royal Guard at an early age. He was the head of the Royal Court in the era of King Saud who later appointed him as minister of finance for several years.
Having experience in several areas, King Faisal included him in all official delegations such as Arab meetings, Islamic summits and Nonaligned conferences. Prince Nawaf also led Saudi delegations on behalf of the king or as his special envoy. He became an expert in Middle East affairs.
He traveled extensively to all parts of the world to settle problems and disputes. He also contributed to the establishment of some industries to serve domestic and Arab economies, which resulted in good relations with several nations.
Prince Nawaf was a founder of Saudi-New Zealand Bank and one of its biggest shareholders. He also had investments in real estate tourist projects. In addition, he was a pioneer in the solar energy industry, becoming the first Saudi businessman to highlight the importance of this vital area.
He provided financial and moral support to Sydney University in Australia to conduct studies on how to exploit solar energy in commercial and residential areas.
Prince Nawaf was also concerned with the media and praised the development of the Saudi press over the years. He sent a congratulatory message to Turki Al-Sudairi on his selection as the first board chairman of the Saudi Journalists Association.
In the message, he said Al-Sudairi would ensure the media flourishes in the country and journalists contribute to the nation’s ambitious growth plans.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.